Charles Phillip Ingalls – Biography
In Cuba, New York, on January 10, 1836, Charles Phillip Ingalls was born to Landsford and Laura Ingalls. Lansford and Laura are better known as “Grandpa” and “Grandma” in Little House in the Big Woods as well as some of the My First Little House Books.
On February 1, 1860, Charles married Caroline Lake Quiner in Concord, Wisconsin. They had five children, Mary, Laura, Carrie, Charles Frederick, and Grace. Pa always wanted to go out west, but Ma insisted that they at least stay somewhere where the girls could attend school. They travelled a great deal before finally settling in De Smet, South Dakota where he held many jobs, including Justice of the Peace.
Pa died in De Smet on June 8, 1902, leaving his wife and daughters. Pa’s memory lives on through his wonderful stories in the Little House books, and with his wonderful fiddle music, which often filled the hearts of the Ingalls on hot summer evenings and cold winter nights.
He is buried in the De Smet Cemetery.
Many of Pa’s possessions are at the many historic sights, and his beloved fiddle is on display at the Mansfield Museum.